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Transfer Day Celebration Will Bring Together Food, Music and Dignitaries

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March 28, 2008 — The annual St. Croix Transfer Day Celebration, put on every year by the island's Landmark Society, will take place Monday under the picturesque grand saman tree in front of the Lawaetz Family Museum.
The event will mark the 91st anniversary of the territory's transformation from the Danish West Indies to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Every year has a new theme, and this year's is "Recalling Our Past, Forging Our Future." The museum is located on Ethel McIntosh Drive, formerly Mahogany Road, a mile into the rain forest on the right.
The festivities will include traditional, celebratory customs, like performances of the national anthems of Denmark, the Virgin Islands and the United States; performances of the Københavner March and "Hvor Smiler Fager"; the presentation of the Dannebrog or Danish flag; and cultural dance performances.
Gov. John deJongh Jr. and Delegate Donna M. Christensen will be joined by Danish Ambassador Torben Gettermann, and each will say a few words for the occasion.
"By coming together each year to mark this occasion, we shape a greater awareness of our Danish heritage," Gov. John deJongh Jr. said in announcing the schedule of events for the Transfer Day observance. "Transfer day provides us the opportunity to pay tribute to the special relationship which exists between Denmark and the U.S. Virgin Islands, a relationship steeped in historical, cultural and educational programs and exchanges."
Throughout the ceremony, there will be cultural music and dance performance. Performing will be the St. Patrick's School Steel Band; Central High School Jr. ROTC; the Santa Cruz Brass Ensemble; Miss U.S. Virgin Islands Chantal Harrigan; the Millennium 2000 Choir, the St. Croix Educational Complex Quadrille dancers and the Pearl B. Larsen School "Quelbe Ambassadors."
A number of activities will follow the ceremony, such as storytelling by Janice Tutein, watching Transfer Day videos that will be shown continuously, going on a free tour of the Lawaetz Family Museum and the Lawaetz Family Museum Gardens by Veronica "Bush Lady" Gordon. Heaping plates of local favorites and liquid refreshment will be on sale, too.
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